2011 Coasts & Ports Conference
A 14-person strong WRL contingent attended the 2011 Coasts & Ports Conference held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27 - 30 September, 2011. This conference was an amalgamation of the 20th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 13th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. The conference is hosted by Engineers Australia’s NCCOE and PIANC Australia and supported by the institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the New Zealand Coastal Society.
(Left to right) Dr Chris Blenkinsopp, Erica Davey, Ian Coghlan, James Carley, Dr William Glamore, Dr Tom Shand, Dr Xavier Barthelmey, Dr Kristen Splinter, A/Prof Ron Cox, Melissa Mole, Jamie Ruprecht, Ed Kearney and Duncan Rayner. (At front) A/Prof Bill Peirson and Matt Blacka.
The Coasts & Ports Conference series is the pre-eminent forum in the Australasian region for engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to meet and discuss issues extending across all disciplines related to oceans, coasts and ports. The conference covers a broad range of themes, including: coastal processes, coastal structures and facilities, port and ocean engineering, dredging, coastal policy, planning and management and environmental effects.
The welcome reception was sponsored by WRL and Director Bill Peirson welcomed and thanked all conference delegates for ongoing support for industry and government support for WRL. The evening provided the perfect opportunity for delegates to catch up with colleagues, renew past acquaintances and make new contacts leading into the conference program.
The WRL exhibition booth was used to showcase work undertaken at the lab as well as the new 0.2 m mini-flume model. The mini-flume model is a scaled version of WRLs 1 m wave flume used for physical modelling of breakwaters.
The following papers were presented at the conference:
Matt Blacka: An Overview of the Use of Physical Models to Assess Wave Loading on Marine Structures
Dr Kristen Splinter: Can We Reliably Estimate Dune Erosion Without Knowing Pre-Storm Bathymetry
Duncan Rayner: Assessing the Health Impacts of Ocean Outfalls
Melissa Mole: Modelling Seasonal to Multi-Year Shoreline Change at Sandy Embayment on the Australian East Coast
Edward Kearney: An Energy Based Model of Storm Induced Shoreline Erosion - Gold Coast, Australia
Dr William Glamore: The Myth of Wakeboarding Vessels and Riverbank Erosion
Jamie Ruprecht: Stability of the Manning River Entrance
Ian Coghlan: High Resolution Wave Modelling (Hi-WAM) for Batesmans Bay Detailed Wave Study
A/Prof Ian Turner (presented by Dr Kristen Splinter): Planning for an Australian National Coastal Observatory: Monitoring and Forecasting Coastal Erosion in Changing Climate
A/Prof Ron Cox: Coastal Storm Data Analysis: Provision of Extreme Wave Data for Adaptation Planning
Dr Tom Shand: Evaluation of Empirical Predictors of Extreme Run-Up Using Field Data
James Carley: Performance of Sand Filled Geotextile Container (Geocontainer) Structures in North Queensland During Tropical Cyclone Yasi
Dr Chris Blenkinsopp: Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for Measurements of Coastal Processes
A/Prof Bill Peirson: Boussinesq Modelling of Shoaling Wave Groups
Dr Xavier Barthelemy: Numerical Study of a Breaking Wave Threshold Parameter